Merced Star, Nov. 4, 1915
 William L. Means, the last resident pioneer of the days of the early 50's on the Merced river section, died at his home near Hopeton Thursday afternoon of senility.
 Deceased was born in Butler county, Alabama, on November 29, 1827, and was therefore nearly 88 years of age. While he was yet a boy his parents moved to western Texas where he attained manhood and joined the Texas calvary in the Mexican war. He arrived in California in 1850 and settled in Tuolumne county, and later moved to Mariposa county and settled in a territory which was afterward made a part of Merced county.
 During the Civil war he returned to Texas and served for a time in the Confederate army and then returned to this county and purchased seventy-five acres of Merced bottom land in the Hopeton district, where he settled on the farm that became his lifelong home. In 1869 he visited Texas, and while there married, Elizabeth Thompson, also a native of Alabama, who died a few years ago. The four children of this union, who survive the parents, are a son, and three daughters as follows; William W., Eva (Mrs. William Little), and Blanch of Hopeton; and Lizzie ( Mrs. A. B. Reid) of Bear Creek district. Mr. Means served two years on the county board of supervisors being elected the first time in 1879.
 He was an able representative of the hardy pioneer, always honorable in his dealings, true to himself and friends, hospitable, charitable and commanding a high respect in the neighborhood. For many years he was a prominent member of Merced Lodge, Royal Arch Masons.
 Funeral services were held at the family home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H. T. Babcock of the Central Presbyterian church of Merced, and interment was made in the Snelling cemetery. Masonic rites were observed at the grave and a large delegation from Merced were among the mourners.

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